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Inchon Artifact Spotlight: Tokarev TT Pistol

Seventy years ago today, Marines from the 1st Marine Division conducted an amphibious assault on the port of Inchon during the Korean War. The landings, nicknamed Operation CHROMITE, were designed to cut off elements of North Korea’s army that were fighting south of Seoul. After launching the invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950, North Korean troops advanced steadily against the combined forces of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army and United Nations Command (UNC). By August, they had pushed the ROK and UN troops into a small perimeter in the southeastern corner of the Korean peninsula centered on Pusan.General Douglas MacArthur, commander of UNC, had witnessed many successful amphibious landings in the Pacific during World War II. He believed that maritime power could be decisive if applied at the proper time and place. Once the perimeter around Pusan had stabilized, MacArthur began formulating an operation that, if successful, would reverse the course of the war and allow UNC to t…

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